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Thursday, May 26, 2005

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To me, what is stunning is the Yankees' run. It's been a truly great swing. The Red Sox' run has been un-stunning (at least aesthetically), and frankly highly unsurprising, considering the shape of the team, from a health standpoint. The Sox are still lucky to be where they are, though where they are seems to be rapidly changing on a daily basis. We're #4!!!

Just out of curiousity, is SF prepared to level any criticism at Theo (and not just Terry) for this slide? Are we still going with the line that signing Boomer was a smart risk? When are we gonna be able to put that one in the error column? (Though, to be fair, it is early.)

Not yet. But yes, there will be a point when the risk was proven a failure - from a FAN'S standpoint (admittedly all WE care about). From management's standpoint it still may be considered a worthy risk despite the on-field patheticness, particularly when you consider the pricey alternatives to Wells.

YF, your confidence is entirely appropriate given the way the Yanks are playing, but it reminds me of the cackling of my Yankee fan uncle on a visit last summer to his house on Long Island, when, as he felt compelled to remind me on a (seemingly) hourly basis, the Sox were 10-1/2 games behind the Yanks. This was in August, and we all know how that turned out.

SF, we can cite all the reasons under the sun as to why signing Wells was a "smart move fiscally," but let's be honest, that's just another way of saying that a given decision was made in order to be cheap, or at least cheaper. We might be willing to cut the Sox some slack for a cost-cutting strategy, especially given the trophy they took home in October, but one thing is as clear now as it had to be to Theo Epstein & Co. then: David Wells and Wade Miller are not Derek Lowe and Pedro Martinez.

Not always, but for the most part, baseball is no different from anything else in life. You get what you pay for.

We agree on the "you get what you pay for", and the Wells move is looking more and more like a poor one. Buyer beware - I've never stated anything otherwise regarding the risk management strategy the Sox took. However, and I think this is very important, is that to me this is (hopefully) all part of a larger strategy, and I don't think it's just being cheap to line John Henry's wallet cheap. I will give Theo et. al the benefit of the doubt for the moment and say that I think this is part of a multi-year plan for flexibility and durable contention. Not locking in Martinez and Lowe, locking in Clement instead, and risking the downside of Wells and Miller for a season was seen as one of the possible recipes for long-term success, with a possible repeat championship run still available if everything works out. And it isn't a bad risk, to me - the season is only a quarter over and despite the recent travails we're still around. Who knows what happens these next couple of off-seasons or at the deadlines, when possible moves will be there that wouldn't with a different and leaden staff. And lastly, let's not assume that Lowe and Martinez would be doing in Boston what they are doing in the pitchers' league - the jury is WAY out still.

So cheap, yes, but cheap as in strategic-cheap-with-both-a-nod-to-the-wallet-and-to-a-long-term view, not cheap as in trim-the-payroll-and-f**ck-contention-Kansas City cheap.

Agreed. And Theo gets a tip o' the hat for the recent strides in the farm system, as well. In any event, the season rides on Curt Schilling's ankle. It probably always has.

It's June 02, and it seems as though the equilibrium is locked in at .000 - at least the last four games anyhow. Thats an equilibrium I can live with for sure.

YANKESS RULE!!!! no matter wut all u country hicks say... mwa ha ha ha ha ah huh that's right kiss my butt u kno u want 2 BOO YA!!!!

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